Cristom, Eola-Amity Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir "Louise", 2017

$71.99

Of all the single vineyards at Cristom, Louise has the most geologic diversity, as it consists of both "high" and "low" portions. You have classic Oregon basalt "jory" soils that give many Oregon Pinots their distinctive minerality, and also a section where sedimentary flood deposits dominate. This diversity -- including different harvest times -- gives the wine balance and complexity,  and also very fine tannins.

Here is Josh Raynolds in Vinous: "Vivid red. Expansive aromas of ripe red berries, candied flowers and baking spices, with a smoky mineral topnote that gains strength as the wine opens up. Coats the palate with appealing sweet raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors that tighten up and become spicier on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and floral lift on an impressively long finish that's shaped by fine-grained, even tannins."

 

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